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Mark Lomax



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Abstract with a strong conceptual basis.



Mark Lomax is a mixed media artist based in the Highlands of Scotland. He works in a variety of 2 and 3D mediums but most commonly uses filler and paint on aluminium sheets, which are then stitched together with wire. 

Lomax originally studied BA(hons) Fine Art at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, specialising in drawing and ceramic sculpture. 

After teaching art and design at various colleges and organisations across the Midlands, Lomax moved to Scotland where he became programme leader in Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at Inverness College UHI.

In 2018 based on his research on “Memory: The contextualisation of a visual art practice within a cognitive psychology frame work, Lomax was awarded a Masters Degree in Contextualised Practice at Gray’s School of Art. 

Mark Lomax now works as a full-time practicing artist and occasional art consultant.



Education History

1978-79, Foundation in Art and Design, Ipswich School of Art

1979-82, BA (hons) Fine Art, Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic

2016-18, MFA, Contextualised Practice, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen


Research Interests


The influence of cognitive psychology has constantly underpinned the subject matter of my work. Initially I began with exploring visual perception, education, social identity and psychological disorders.

It was when my research expanded into the field of neuropsychology that I began to look more closely at memory; how it works, how it impacts on personal and social identity, memory failure and involuntary autobiographical memory.
Involuntary autobiographical memories are memories that occur unexpectedly, without warning or conscious effort. They might be triggered by a smell, a piece of music or a visual cue.

It was while researching memory failure in Alzheimer and Dementia sufferers that I started to look at common processing and retrieval issues and memory triggers.
After working through a series of possible categories I focussed on memories based on domestic situations and everyday life. This involves objects that we most associate with the home and family living. Included in this area are furniture, ceramics, tableware, and more importantly, textiles.
The colours and patterns used in curtains, soft furnishings, rugs, carpets, quilts and clothing are common to all of us. The motifs and designs are constantly recycled and so historic textiles still have a relevance and familiarity today. Although multiple areas of textile design inform my work, the format of the quilt has become my most commonly recognised method of working.

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